Edited by Edith L. Bavin and Sabine Stoll
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 9] 2013
► pp. 15–34
Some recurrent themes
The article examines four areas within ergativity that merit further consideration, including with respect to child language acquisition data: (1) syntactic alignment, including in particular the delimitation of semantic alignment from other kinds of alignment with lexical exceptions, and symmetric voice systems; (2) alignment splits, in particular the interpretation of exceptions to generalizations relating to animacy and definiteness; (3) syntactic alignment biases, especially the interpretation of exceptions; and (4) diachronic issues, in particular the decay of ergativity giving rise to idiosyncrasies like horizontal alignment or to conventionalized use of erstwhile ergative morphology.
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